Rachel Maddow slams White House for deleting evidence of reporter's suspicion of Trump-Putin collusion
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The White House not only still hasn't properly written out the transcript from the joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Worse, however, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow discovered that the White House even edited out the evidence that the question was even asked about Putin wanting President Donald Trump to win in 2016.


Reuters reporter Jeff Mason was the one who asked Putin if he wanted Trump to win and if he or any of his officials were directed to help.

"Yes, I did. Because he talked about bringing the U.S./Russia relationship back to normal," Putin said.

It was discovered last week that the transcript eliminated the question from the reporter. Maddow noted that the transcript on the White House website still omitted the full exchange. Now, however, the video is cinching it.

"They just dropped that out," Maddow said. "What the White House has disappeared from the official record, both in print and in the video, President Putin answering in the affirmative when asked if he wanted Trump to win the election."

Russia doesn't even show the reporter asked the question at all in their transcript.

"At least the White House had the courtesy to leave in half the question so you can get a misleading answer," Maddow said. "The Russians took it out altogether. They skipped over the entire exchange. So a critical exchange deleted from the transcript.  The U.S. government is following the Kremlin's playbook and maintaining something we all saw happen with our own eyes, we all heard happen with our own ears, has nevertheless disappeared. Like old political opponents being airbrushed out of photos. Weird, right? Creepy. It turns out wasn't a mistake. It was on purpose."

Watch the video opener below: